Huthwaite’s recommended delivery method synergistically balances the needs of the organization with the learning needs of the individuals. A proper analysis of the audience will determine the utility of experiences outside the classroom (readings, paired assignments, coached assignments, podcasts, web-based learning, conference calls, etc.). When possible, preparatory and post-classroom experiences should be tailored to the specific needs of the participants, to enhance the learning experience and increase the strength of the development initiatives.
Participants in the Virtual Classroom use their individual computers to interact with the facilitator and other participants via audio, text chat, interactive whiteboard, and response buttons in real time. Participants also work with all of these tools in breakout rooms. Breakout rooms allow for the same interactivity as table groups and a flipchart would in a traditional classroom. Breakout rooms also allow for interactive call planning and role play. The facilitator can move from room to room to guide discussion and answer questions.
Clients may choose one delivery mode over the other, or use a blend of delivery. Any of Huthwaite’s instructor-led training may be delivered in either medium.